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January 10, 2009

Round 10…ding, ding

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

  First of all, everyone knows me as Tony but I don’t know how to change that so I’ll leave it to the powers that be.  Yes, this is my 10th year as the driver of the Lennon Bus and it has been the most amazing job I have ever had.  It’s really much more than a job….it is my life.  If you don’t believe that, just ask my wife.  We’re taking steps so that I can be home more in the future so that’s a good thing.  The off season has been anything but that.  Other than spending a week in Jamaica with my wonderful wife, there were only 4 days that I wasn’t at the bus from November 4th until it left for MAC World on the 26th of December.  It’s a labor of love though and I’m excited about all of the amazing updates/upgrades that we made.  This bus is one of a kind and we are all so proud of not only it’s capabilities, but it’s mission as well.  Now if we could only get the wrap right (inside joke..or not).   I really would like to use this first blog to thank some people that are very special to me in the job that I do.  First of all, to the bus staff, both past and present.  What an amazing bunch of people.  These guys work tirelessly and wear so many different hats.  Educators, spokespeople, musicians, engineers, and just all around good guys.  So from years …

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January 10, 2009

Big Mac World

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

Doug checking in from Palo Alto, CA, in the parking lot of a hotel.  I thought I would steal ideas from Jaime and list some of my most memorable memories that I remember from Macworld 2009, and that sentence was definitely not redundant. -Flying from Cleveland to San Francisco and not being stuck at my layover for the first time in over 2 months. -Standing at bag terminal 9 in the domestic flight terminal while Jeff guarantees me via iPhone he is standing right in front of me (he was in the international terminal). -Working on the student/Liyana project, and then watching the Liyana concert (awesome vocal arrangements!) -Shooting my second vlog (which will be released TBD) -Watching Erik completely wipe out our rope and stanchion while running to fix a feedback problem (the rope was maximum one foot of the ground and he tried to jump over it). -Rocking “Eye of the Tiger” vocals in three different octaves in “Rockband 2” (take that Survivor). peace, D Lar

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January 10, 2009

Sinbad’s in the house

Written by Brian Rothschild

 

While at Macworld, Sinbad stopped by to present Liyana with a Proclamation from San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom.  Check out the great story in the SF Chronicle! 

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January 08, 2009

My First Vlog

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

D Fresh in the house, or tour bus as it were, or hotel even…  here is my very first video blog of the tour season.  This was shot at our bed and breakfast in San Francisco, where we shared a communal WC on each floor.  Enjoy and check back in for more blogs and vlogs!

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January 08, 2009

MacAttack

Written by Jaime Walden

 

I make lists for everything.  So, for my first post here is a list of my Macworld highlights: 1.  Landing in San Francisco (note: I am better on the ground.) 2.  At the hotel, Jeff sitting in a a very large puddle in a 1980s pop-culture chair. 3.  After a long set-up day at the Moscone, going to Ann’s new place (from Apple,) where she made a special gluten-free lasagna for me! 4.  Seeing Liyana’s reaction to the Bus.  5.  Talking with Tapiwa from Liyana about Walker Texas Ranger. 6.  I am obsessed with our newly installed Litepanels.  I would have also frozen in the Moscone without them! 7.  Meeting so many wonderful new people (SFSA students, Julia Chigamba, Towela), and watching them create a song and music video in two days! 8.  After so much hard work, having a successful and fun after party featuring Liyana and our video premiere. 9.  Singing silly songs with Rob Healy, Healy. 10. Comparing shoe sizes with Sinbad. Side note: I still need to see the Full House house!!! On Mama’s Jukebox: MGMT - “Kids” x mama

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January 03, 2009

On My Way

Written by The Lennon Bus

 

5:00 AM:  My Dad dropped me off at the airport in Milwaukee about 30 minutes ago….  I haven’t slept much, I spend last evening saying goodbye to the people that mean most to me: Mom and Dad, my brother Marek,  my best friends in the world, Rob, Dave, and Turner, and of course, Andrea.  For some reason when I say goodbye to her, I lose my cool and get emotional, she does too. I got my ticket, props for the aisle seats.  Got through security no problem, props to the “Experienced Traveler” line. Right now I am sitting at the gate, getting ready to board the flight that will start this new adventure for me.  Did I pack everything?  Let’s see…. iPod, toothbrush, toothpaste, plenty of socks, did I pack my lucky Mr. T t-shirt?  Yes I got it…. Whew! The plane is boarding now… in a few short hours, everything will be totally different, and I am excited, and with that feeling comes nervousness… I hope my hotel room has a bathroom. Ok, good talk! Until next time! Erik Niewiarowski

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January 02, 2009

Meeting Liyana

Written by Brian Rothschild

 

After months of preparation Liyana has finally arrived in the U.S.  First stop - Brooklyn, NY at the Lafayette Avenue Presbyterian Church for a welcome party with dinner provided by Madiba Restaurant.  The Liyana tour was made possible by Lesley Goldwasser and the PG Family Foundation, and we’re seen here with the members of the band after their very moving performance.

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